I pulled into my driveway to the sight of this HUGE pile of wood chips! These are for yet another garden expansion with the chips layered over newspaper or office paper to become the pathways in the free form beds. Last year, we installed about 500 square feet of free form garden space which held all of the vegetables that are less attractive to wood chucks and their many relatives, therefore squashes, basil, leeks, onions, carrots and corn (although the raccoon population was well fed on the corn, the buggers).
I’ve now enticed Rebecca , our most excellent gardener who helps me when I’m out sailing, not to fear the words “expand the garden.” She has now joined us on the dark side and is fully up for twice as much garden space as we put in last year. This may have also had something to do with her supreme frustration with the mowed grass being blown directly into the free form beds she’s just weeded (just saying). Paths joining the beds will take care of this perennial issue by only requiring mowing on the perimeter. Happy me, happy Rebecca, more veggies, more fruit trees!
The wood chips, 10 yards in all, I’m told, were recycled from Rebecca’s property to make way for fruit trees there. The wood from those Norway Maple trees, high in btu’s, will be our fire wood on the boat next summer.